Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Encouragement for the Heart of a Youth Worker

1 Timothy 4:10-16 (NLT)

We are in the “trenches” of youth ministry 

v10: We “work hard and suffer much”

v11: We do this because we have hope

v12: We are an example – people are watching us all of the time — regardless of our age.

v13: “Encourage the believers”

v14: Use your gifts! 

v15: Give yourself fully to this calling

v16: Stay the course, be faithful, this is what you need to hear

Potential Discussion Questions:

1. What does the “trenches of youth ministry” feel like for you right now? 

2. Put yourself in Timothy’s shoes for a moment and pretend Paul wrote this letter straight to you: why do you need Paul’s encouragement in your life and ministry today? What specifically did you need to hear?

3. What is most difficult about “preparing your heart” while in the trenches of youth ministry?

4. Which of Josh’s words, as he paraphrased Paul’s words to Timothy, struck you most deeply? Why? 

5. Who might you need to pray over and extend this encouragement to on our youth ministry team? 

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